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Overview

  • 76 piano-style keys with Graded Soft Touch and Touch Response
  • Pitch bend controller
  • Display: 92mm x 42mm custom LCD with backlight
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Affordable and portable grand piano sound and touch.

If you're looking for a reasonably priced piano replacement, the YPG-235 is an excellent choice. It is the music student or professional musicians' answer to “I need more keys!” and a great solution for a keyboard that will grows with their needs of students. It features 76 non-weighted keys that not only look like piano keys but have a Graded Soft Touch (GST) action with different levels of resistance, making it easier for a budding musician to move to an acoustic or digital piano.

Sound Quality
The YPG-235 features more than twice the power of the next model down (12W vs. 5W), as well as:
2-Way Speaker System
Separate woofers and tweeters deliver sounds with clarity and precision for more lifelike instrument voices.
Bass Boost System
A special port on each speaker adds a powerful impact to bass sound reproduction.
Stereo (Not just 2 Speakers)
Stereo sound adds realistic character and spatial depth..
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Enhances sound quality with sophisticated digital effects like Harmony, Reverb & Chorus.
Advanced Wave Memory (AWM)
Yamaha Advanced Wave Memory technology delivers amazingly realistic sound.

Full Keyboard Mode
The YPG-235 delivers on its piano theme with a special mode of fingering called Full Keyboard Mode. This allows you to play the keyboard like a piano; for example a chord with the right hand and bass notes with the left. When using the accompaniment feature, the virtual band will follow these chords. Traditional portable keyboards normally require you to chord on the left side of the keyboard, in the bass section, which is foreign to most piano players. However, the YPG-235 is also capable of this mode, for those who prefer or are used to it.

Yamaha Education Suite: Helps you learn to play
The YPG-235 has 30 built-in songs plus 70 more on included CD-ROM for you to learn to play using the Yamaha Education Suite. The songs are separated into left and right hand parts, providing 7 levels of lessons plus a convenient chord dictionary.

Three keyboard lessons for each hand
Waiting Mode – stops the playback of a song until you find the correct note and then continues
Your Tempo Mode – Learn to play the correct notes with the correct timing. Song playback tempo will vary to match the speed you are playing at. The song will slow down when you play wrong notes, so you can learn at your own pace.
Minus One Mode – Here's where you can perfect your technique. The song will play at the normal tempo, minus the part you have chosen to play. Play along while listening to the song.
Lesson Grading – Monitors your progress as you practice each lesson and gives you a grade.
Repeat and Learn – The song location will move back four measures from the point at which you pressed the button, and playback will begin after a one-measure count-in. This section will repeat allowing you to practice until you've got it down perfect.
Chord Dictionary – shows you how to play chords and tells you which chords you are playing by displaying the notes and chord names on the LCD screen..

6-Track Sequencer
Imagine capturing your child's first performance or writing and recording your own songs. With the YPG-235, you have the equivalent of a built-in multi-track recorder to record one or multiple instrument parts at a time and assign each part to a different track. Six tracks are provided to accommodate sophisticated melodies, chord accompaniment and rhythm parts.

Computer Connectivity: USB and Flash ROM
Besides the 30 built-in songs and 70 more on the CD, the YPG-235 comes with the ability to connect to a computer via USB, so you can download more songs from the Internet into the internal Flash ROM (PC only), and use all of the Yamaha Education Suite features to help you learn to play them. Yamaha makes it easy to get connected with the new PC button. Now, instead of wading through function menus and fighting through a maze of selections, one button is your expressway to music on the web and your computer. In addition, once connected, you can play your songs into the computer (PC and Mac), edit them if necessary, and email them to your friends and family. And, with General MIDI (GM) and XGlite compatibility, song data always plays back with the correct sounds.

Ease of Operation
There are many tools in this keyboard that make it easy to be a power user from the first day you own the keyboard.
Expandable Music Database: Complete keyboard setups by song title. The keyboard selects an appropriate voice for the right hand melody, the correct musical style and the correct tempo. Simply call up a song title and start playing.
One Touch Setting (OTS): Provides you with a recommended voice with effects for each Style. For example, on a jazz style OTS might be piano, for a Latin style it might be acoustic guitar and for a rock style it might be a guitar with overdrive, etc.
Registration Memory: Set the keyboard up just the way you like and take a digital snapshot by memorizing it to one of the Registration buttons. Load and save up to 16 Registrations to User memory. The Registration buttons are conveniently located just above the keyboard.
Performance Assistant Technology: Performance assistant technology is a feature from Yamaha that guarantees that you can't play a wrong melody note or chord. Here's how it works. Select a song, press the Performance Assistant button Chord Mode, and play the keyboard – any notes you like. Every note you play will fit the music. If you move up the keyboard, the pitch goes up. If you move down, the pitch goes down. Play a perfect arpeggio, or play chords in time with the music, or really "go for it" and play a solo. As long as performance assistant is "on", you're "on".

Imagine being able to give a concert to your friends or relatives the very first day that you bring this keyboard home. Well, with the YPG-235 and performance assistant technology, you can. This keyboard is the first in the line to offer Chord/Free Mode in addition to Chord Mode described above. Chord/Free Mode allows those that have learned a melody with their right hand to have the keyboard correct the notes of their left hand. This allows you to concentrate on one hand at a time while learning. Play the correct notes with the right and any notes with the left and you're making beautiful music. In addition to working with any of the internal songs with chords, this feature also works with XF MIDI files.

Master EQ: Tailor Your Sound
Five different master equalizer (EQ) settings are provided to give you the best possible sound when listening through different reproduction systems—the instrument's internal speakers, headphones, or an external speaker system. You're in control.

Easy Song Arranger: You're the Conductor
You can change the "feel", or arrangement, of songs by simply pressing the Easy Song Arranger button, allowing you to re-mix any MIDI file. For example, you can try your favorite song with a rock feel, hip-hop, then jazz. It's fast, powerful and one-button simple.

Realistic Sounding Voices
The YPG-235 comes equipped with 116 panel voices, 12 drum/SFX kits plus 361 XGlite voices. Included in this selection is stereo-sampled Piano, a selection of special voices including Sweet! Trumpet, Flute, Pan Flute, Soprano & Tenor Saxes and Cool! Voices including Galaxy Electric Piano, Organ and Rotor Organ.

Sweet! Voices reproduce all the natural expression and vibrato of their respective acoustic instruments
Cool! Voices feature long samples of electronically amplified instruments
Dual Mode allows you to combine two voices across the keyboard at the same time — for example piano and strings.
Split Mode allows you to select a different voice for each hand — for example piano for your right and bass for your left. The combinations are limited only by your imagination.

32-Note Polyphony and 16-Part Multitimbral
In electronic keyboards, the more sounds made at the same time — polyphony — the more memory is needed. Obviously, more is always better, because too little polyphony can cause dropouts in dense passages of music. The YPG-235 has 32 notes of polyphony and will play back 16 different parts or sounds at once (16-part multitimbral); enough for the most demanding needs.

Digital Effects
Yamaha has long been a world leader in digital signal processing technology. In fact, Yamaha professional audio products are found in most professional recording studios around the world. The YPG-235 takes full advantage of this know-how, giving you an extensive range of nine, top-quality reverb effects that simulate playing in everything from a small room to a large spacious concert hall and four chorus effects that add richness to electric pianos and guitars in particular. You'll also find 26 types of Harmony effects for your melody part.

Metronome
Just what the teacher ordered — a fully adjustable metronome is just a button push away.

Auto Accompaniment Styles
In addition to the 100 songs mentioned above, the YPG-235 also has auto accompaniment styles that “follow” your playing. Simply select a style of music from the 160 built-in styles (example Rock) and start playing. The YPG-235 will create a backup band (bass, drums, strings, guitar, etc.) and “follow” you through the song. You can play your songs and try different genres of music. And if you can't find the right style for your song, you can go to the Yamaha musicsoft website, preview from the selection, purchase and transfer it to your keyboard (PC only).

Portable Grand: Industry's Best Piano
You're never more than a button push away from realistic piano sound in your portable keyboards. One press of the Portable Grand button resets the entire keyboard to a stereo-sampled piano — perfect for when it's time to practice. Yamaha is known around the world for the quality of our acoustic pianos and this attention to detail is evident as you enjoy the warmth and clarity of the YPG-235 Portable Grand piano. And, of course, the keyboard includes a Sustain Pedal jack on the back for practicing and playing piano pieces.

Features

  • 76 piano-style keys with Graded Soft Touch and Touch Response
  • Pitch bend controller
  • Display: 92mm x 42mm custom LCD with backlight
  • Tone Generator: AWM stereo sampling
  • Polyphony: 32 note
  • Preset: 116 + 361 XGlite + 12 Drum/SFX Kits, 5 Sweet! Voices, 3 Cool! Voices
  • Compatibility: GM, XGlite

Effects:

  • Types: (9 Reverb, 4 Chorus, 5 Master EQ)
  • Functions: Dual/Layers, Split, Panel Sustain

Accompaniment Styles:

  • Number of preset styles: 160
  • Multi/Full Keyboard Fingering
  • Style control: INTRO, MAIN x 2, FILL-IN, ENDING
  • Custom Usere Styles: Style file format
  • Easy song arranger
  • 300+ External Files in music database
  • One Touch Setting (OTS)

Songs:

  • Number of Preset Songs: 30
  • Recording: Number of Songs: 5; Number of Tracks: 6 (5 Melody + 1 Chord); Data Capacity; Approx. 10,000 notes (when only "melody" tracks are recorded) Approx. 5,500 chords (when only "chord" tracks are recorded)
  • Recording function

Functions:

  • Registration buttons: 2 (x 8 banks)
  • Lessong/Guide: Performance Assistant Technology (PAT): Chord, Chord/Free; Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.): Waiting, Your tempo, Minus one, Repeat & Learn, Chord Dictionary

Overall Controls:

  • Metronome
  • Tempo Range: 11 - 280
  • Transpose: -12 to 0, 0 to +12
  • Tuning
  • PIANO Button for Portable Grand Piano

Storage and Connectivity:

  • Storage: 373KB internal memory
  • Connectivity: DC IN 12V, Headphones, Sustain Pedal, USB to Host

Amplifiers and Speakers:

  • 6W + 6W, 12cm x 2 + 3cm x 2
  • Power Supply: Adaptor (PA-150 or PA-5D) not included, or batteries (Six "D" size, R20P(LR20) or equivalent batteries) not included
  • Power consumption: 20W

Includes:

  • Music Rest

Simplicity along with great piano sounds. Get yours today!

 
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YamahaYPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard
 
4.6

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (32)
  • Good audio (31)
  • Portable (26)
  • Responsive / good action (23)
  • Touch sensitive keys (22)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Learning (20)
  • Accompaniment (15)
  • Electronic music (9)
  • Travel (7)
  • MIDI (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Novice (13), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Compares very well

Many keyboards are very similar. Here are a few things I could not find information on when I was looking to purchase a keyboard. Be careful to watch for these things because they vary...Read complete review

Many keyboards are very similar. Here are a few things I could not find information on when I was looking to purchase a keyboard. Be careful to watch for these things because they vary from keyboard to keyboard and make a big difference.
-Very impressive soundy quality on "Piano" setting
-Full 3-page music stand attached (some have poor music stands made of a couple wires)
-Compatible with (not included) pedal
-How hard you hit the keys determines how loud the note plays (some keyboards it is the same volume no matter how hard/soft you press, this is terrible if you actually plan to use your keyboard for practice)
-Plenty of polyphony
-The piano has a solid feel to it, it is constructed from quality materials while some others may feel like a "toy" or like you are going to break them.
-What it is not: A full-feature mixing board. It has good extra features and sounds (some quite impressive, such as assisted performance and recording up to 5 tracks of your playing) but this instrument is intended for someone who primarily plans to use it as a piano, and the extra features are just for added fun.

-Only con (not reflective of the actual product)was that the power adapter (sold separately but I ordered them in the same purchase both from Musician's Friend, and paid 2-day shipping for both of them) arrived 7 days after the keyboard, so if you are looking to get it as a gift for someone else be sure to order in advance! My power adapter arrived a week after Christmas.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't Be Misinformed...

Okay, so the "Graded Soft Touch" detail was rather ambiguous, to me anyway, so I had to check it out at my local music store.

THIS IS NOT...Read complete review

Okay, so the "Graded Soft Touch" detail was rather ambiguous, to me anyway, so I had to check it out at my local music store.

THIS IS NOT A WEIGHTED KEYBOARD, which was what I was looking for (I ended up going with the Casio CDP-100...a little pricey and lacking a huge bank of sounds, but weighted action.) The GST means that you push faster, the sound is louder.

And it claims to have the best "grand piano" sound in the industry, but I wasn't really impressed.

So yeah, if you're looking for a SYNTHESIZER with a lot of great sounds and the over-hyped velocity sensitive keys, this is for you. But if you're looking for an entry-level digital piano with weighted action, I suggest not getting this.

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5.0

Great Right Out of the Box

By RobertGavila

from Astoria, New York

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Realistic Sound
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Learning

    Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard:

    We took the piano out of the box, and the found we needed a bunch of D size batteries because the AC adapter is considered an accessory. No biggie: bought the batteries, popped them in and started teaching the children how to play.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Full Grand Piano sound

    By suekeys

    from ARoutback

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Cool Drum Patterns
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Live Performances
      • Recording

      Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard:

      We're working on a new CD and using the drum pattern sounds with the easy tempo tap or jog dial for keeping excellent time while laying down tracks. Better than a metronome or drum machine we've used in the past. We like the grand piano sound, our most used sound. Tried the synth strings on one song and like it. The sale price was incredible for a portable keyboard. I plan on annoying all my acoustic musician friends by bringing my keys to the creek jams.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great for casual gigs

      By GerryG

      from East Hampton, New York

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            Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard:

            It's got most everything you need unless you want weighted keys. Also, it's grand piano sound is not as good as the "Live Grand" sound on some GTX models. No MIDI ports is a disappointment. All and all, for the money it's a great buy.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Buy the plug separately!

            By MommyT

            from Illinois

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard:

              Just wanted to mention you need to buy the power plug separately. I thought accessories were just extras, but you actually have to buy the power source as an accessory! I bought this as a gift. Seems crazy to me that it doesn't come with the keyboard!

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              5.0

              really great keyboard

              By marcmart94

              from camden, nj

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Pre-programmed music
              • Realistic Sound
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Learning
                • MIDI
                • Travel

                Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard:

                This is a really good keyboard: good for beginners-intermediate players. I used to have the yamaha psr e-213 and this keyboard is a fantastic upgrade from that. The touch sensitivity is very nice too, maybe for more advanced players they will prefer weighted keys (these are not). Many features and realistic sound too! All in all , i do not regret this purchase; great keyboard!

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Piano for a college student

                By raythesinger

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Portable
                • Realistic Sound
                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • No Cord

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Learning

                Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard:

                Delivered as promised. Item as described.

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                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good keyboard. not everything included

                By soroniel

                from jamaica

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Learning

                  Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard:

                  Very satisfied with the key board. However, I did not receive any power adapter or stand to play the key board on even though the website said they are included. when I called customer care I was told these do not come with the keyboard. I was very disappointed because a friend of mine bought the same thing from a different company and received the keyboard stand and adapter with his keyboard. I had to buy an adapter and key board stand separately which was not in my budget.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wow, I wish I had time to learn it all..

                  By kev

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Doesn't Take A Lot Of Roo
                  • Easy To Navigate And Use
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great sound
                  • Portable
                  • Realistic Sound
                  • Responsive / Good Action
                  • Touch Sensitive Keys

                  Cons

                  • Options Should Be With It

                  Best Uses

                  • Learning

                  Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard:

                  My brother a professional musician recommended this to me, one who can't play and it has been great. I am learning something new every time, and I've had it nearly 2 years now. A great buy for a great sound. I've recommended it to several friends

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                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Alright

                  By josh ishii

                  from New mexico

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Portable
                  • Realistic Sound
                  • Responsive / Good Action

                  Cons

                  • Does Not Connect To Mac
                  • Weak Speakers

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard:

                    This is a good keyboard, but speakers can be blown out easily, also this keyboard will not connect to the latest Mac software.

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Enjoyable Keyboard!

                    By MW224

                    from Lexington SC

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Love The Piano And Organ
                    • Portable
                    • Pre-programmed music
                    • Realistic Sound
                    • Responsive / Good Action
                    • Touch Sensitive Keys

                    Cons

                    • Lot Of Features To Learn

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Electronic Music
                    • Personal Entertainment

                    Comments about Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Keyboard:

                    This keyboard offers so much for the price!! The sound is unbelieveable! I have recommended it to several who could easily use this in the church setting or a band.

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